UI Ready for Continued Hot Weather-07.26.2016
07.26.2016 - UI Ready for Continued Hot Weather
ORANGE, CT — July 26, 2016 — United Illuminating has taken measures to ensure its energy grid is ready for the increased customer usage that typically accompanies extended periods of hot weather.
The measures include round-the-clock monitoring of weather conditions and customer demand; thermal inspection of overhead lines; and readying crews and equipment to respond should localized service issues occur. The increased customer demand that accompanies extreme heat, driven largely by the use of air conditioning, can put additional strain on the energy grid and lead to an increased risk of service interruptions.
UI and its parent company, AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), encourage customers to conserve while remaining safe and comfortable during the hot weather predicted in the days ahead. Forecasters expect the hot weather to continue this week, with temperatures ranging from the high 80s into the 90s.
“We continually manage our energy grid so it is prepared for the extremes that summer weather can bring, including extended periods of extreme heat and severe storms,” said John Prete, Avangrid Networks’ president and CEO of Connecticut and Massachusetts operations. “We also work with customers to promote energy efficiency and conservation, and reduce demand on the system during periods of hot weather.”
The transmission grid operator for the six New England states, ISO-New England, has said it expects the region to have adequate electricity resources this summer to meet consumer demand under normal weather and power system conditions.
As of Tuesday morning, ISO-New England had not issued a formal appeal for conservation. However, AVANGRID and UI encourage customers to take reasonable measures to conserve during hot weather, so they can remain safe and comfortable while avoiding excessive energy costs.
Here are some hot-weather conservation and safety tips.
- During daylight hours, close curtains or shades to reduce penetration of heat into the home.
- Convert to efficient LED lights, which are up to 90 percent more efficient and shed significantly less heat than conventional incandescent bulbs.
- Make sure air-conditioner filters are clean and debris has been removed.
- Set your thermostat to a slightly warmer temperature if health permits. A suggested range is 74 to 78 degrees, according to ISO-New England.
- Turn off air conditioners when leaving home for an extended period, such as multiple days.
- On cool nights, give the air conditioner a break. Open windows and use ceiling or room fans.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you’re not in the room.
- Whenever possible, delay using major appliances such as pool pumps, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers until after 8 p.m. Learn about Energize Connecticut’s “Wait ’til 8” initiative at http://www.energizect.com/events-resources/energy-basics/ct-power-update .
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
In addition, customers are encouraged to plan and prepare for heavy storms that can occur during or immediately after hot weather. Visit UI’s website, ui.com, for outage information, and storm safety and preparation tips. Additional information about energy efficiency and conservation can be found at EnergizeConnecticut.com.
AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states. The company operates regulated utilities and electricity generation through two primary lines of business. Avangrid Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the United States. AVANGRID employs 7,000 people. The company was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation in 2015. IBERDROLA S.A. (Madrid: IBE), a worldwide leader in the energy industry, owns 81.5% of AVANGRID. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
The United Illuminating Company (UI), established in 1899, is engaged in the purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity and related services to approximately 328,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. UI is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). For more information, visit www.uinet.com.